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First Year Experience Seminar Online Textbook

This is the main textbook for FYE Seminar to be used beginning Summer 2017

1.3.1 Advising Overview

Academic Advising

Academic Advising engages students in exploring, defining and achieving their academic and career goals. The Advising office on each campus provides services designed for student success. Professional Advisors help students with choice of major, degree planning, course selection, prerequisite and placement requirements for courses, final graduation checks and transfer college information.

The Academic Advising office has three Student Learning Outcomes which are listed below:

  • Identify fields of study that are consistent with interests, abilities and life goals
  • Develop and implement a meaningful education plan
  • Access appropriate support services to accommodate unique needs

Where can you meet with an Academic Advisor?

               We have Academic Advising offices on all four campuses. If you are a Distance Learning student, we have an Online Academic Advisor who is available to answer your questions. You must utilize your TCC email when contacting the Online Advisor due to federal privacy regulations. - Online Academic Advisor - Academic Advising

When should you meet with an Academic Advisor?

               Students should meet with an Academic Advisor in February or March for summer and fall enrollment. If you are enrolling for spring then you should plan to meet with an Academic Advisor in September or October. It is beneficial for a student to meet with an Advisor early in the semester so the student has better opportunities to get the classes they want.

Why should you meet with an Academic Advisor?

               You should meet with an Academic Advisor because they can help you become a successful student. Academic Advising can help you find resources, highlight common services that are available to you and help you with situations that may arise that you aren’t sure how to fix. Academic Advisors are able to give you information about important dates. They can help you read the academic calendar and understand the dates that are listed, they can highlight the important dates that you do not want to miss. They can also provide guidance on requirements such as prerequisites for courses and co-requisites for courses as well as program requirements. They can help you plan out your degree semester by semester. It is also vital for a student to meet with an Academic Advisor before applying to programs and certificates. Students can meet with an advisor at any time throughout the semester.

Important Information Regarding Enrollment

Choosing the correct degree for your path!

Do you plan to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree after graduating from TCC? Are you hoping to immediately enter the workforce?

It’s important to think about your goals so that you can select courses and a major that will help you reach your goal. For example, if you want to transfer, you will want to earn an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. If you want to enter the workforce in a chosen field, an Associate of Applied Science or Certificate might be the best degree for you!

Tulsa Community College offers a large variety of associate degree and certificate programs designed to help you meet your educational goals.

If you plan to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree, check the link below for helpful information!

On-Time Enrollment

What is On-Time Enrollment?

               On-Time Enrollment means you must enroll in a class before the class meets for the first time. You may enroll in classes online until the Sunday before the semester starts. After that as long as the class hasn’t met for the first time, you can enroll through the Enrollment Services/Registration office on any TCC campus. In order to enroll, you must have the class subject, course number and CRN number, you will present this to Enrollment Services once you are ready to enroll if the class has not started. After the class has met for the first time, you will need to find a section that hasn’t yet met. If you have any issues or concerns while trying to enroll both Academic Advising and Enrollment Services are available for questions.


If you are counting down the months, weeks, days and hours until your graduation, then you will need to visit an Academic Advising office on any TCC campus. Our advising staff will ensure that you are fulfilling all the requirements for graduation.

At the beginning of your last semester at TCC, if you have fulfilled all the graduation requirements, your next step will be to visit an Academic Advising office for a final Graduation Check. The final Graduation Check will ensure that you graduate and receive your diploma. You will want to check this off your list!

There are deadlines to file for graduation each semester! If you plan to graduate in the fall semester the deadline is the last Friday in October. If you plan to graduate in the spring semester the deadline is the last Friday in March. If you plan to graduate in the summer semester the deadline is the second Friday in July. 

Fall graduates may participate in TCC’s annual commencement ceremony the following May. If you plan on graduating in the Summer, you may complete your graduation check by the Spring deadline and then participate in TCC’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

1.3.2 Advising Handouts

Please click on the links to download and save the following worksheets and exercises for the advising portion of your Academic Strategies course.

1.3.3 Advising for Mathematics

What is the right math class for you?

  • Math builds on sequential skills through each course and continues to build through the progression of courses.  Research has shown 50% of your ability to succeed in a math class is based on what you know when you walk into class the first day.  Therefore, it is extremely important to enroll in the appropriate math class.   (Note the following chart, entitled “Variables Contributing to Student Academic Achievement”, from Learning Specialist, Paul Nolting, Ph.D.)


  • If you have not taken the ACT test, you will need to first get a testing referral from the Academic Advising Office and then go to one of the TCC campus testing centers and take the free Accuplacer placement test.  This test will tell you the level of mathematics at which you need to start.  Before being allowed to enroll in a college level math course, it is possible that you will need to enroll in one of the three zero-level developmental math courses:  Basic Mathematics, Beginning Algebra, or Intermediate Algebra.
  • If you place into one of the developmental math classes, MathPath might be an option you should consider.  MathPath is a two-week, non-credit Continuing Education course that meets two hours a day offered in the summer.  It is self-paced, and the goal is to help you brush up on your math skills.  At the end of the MathPath class, the Accuplacer test will be given again.  Approximately half of the students score high enough to advance to the next level of mathematics allowing them to progress faster through the sequence of math courses.   Check Continuing Education at for specific times and locations for these summer classes.
  • Before you enroll in a class, fill out a weekly time schedule and see if you have time to study or if you need to rethink your schedule.  Math and science classes traditionally require more time than other classes, so take that into consideration when you enroll.  For a 3 hour class in a 16 week format plan on spending at least one hour a day six days a week studying math outside of class.  More time per day will be needed if the format is shorter than 16 weeks. 
  • You also need to schedule time to work on-campus, in order to allow time to visit instructors and/or the math lab.You also need to be aware that making a “D” in a zero-level mathematics course will NOT meet the pre-requisite for the next course.  So, you must make a “C”, or higher, to progress to the next mathematics course.

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